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William J. Federer is a nationally known speaker, best-selling author, and president of Amerisearch, Inc., a publishing company dedicated to researching America’s noble heritage. Bill’s “American Minute” radio feature is broadcast daily across America and worldwide via the internet. His “Faith in History” television show airs on the TCT Network on stations across America and via DirectTV.
Born October 1, 1957, Bill was raised in south St. Louis, the 5th of eleven children. Bill lettered in wrestling and football and was a state finalist in track-high hurdles. He graduated from St. Louis University High School (’76), studied at University of Dallas (’76–’78), in Rome, Italy (’78), and graduated from Saint Louis University (’80) with a degree in Accounting/Business Administration.
After college, Bill worked for Federer Realty, founded in 1913 by his grandfather, William A. Federer. His uncle and namesake taught at St. Louis University, led retreats at White House Retreat Center, and worked with native Americans, seniors, and inner-city poor. His father’s cousin, Charles A. Federer, Jr., was founder of Sky & Telescope Magazine at Harvard.
Bill worked in real estate and the oil & gas industry (Santa Fe Industries ’81–’84), and held positions with community organizations, charity groups, churches, working with youth, families, elderly, and minorities. He served as a Scoutmaster, having been an Eagle Scout himself.
Bill married his high school sweetheart, Susan Maria Misko, on May 2, 1981. Susan received the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Community Service from U.S. Senator John Danforth in 1980 for being spokesperson of the Missouri/Illinois Red Cross Blood Services and working with elderly/handicapped. Sue graduated with honors from Cor Jesu High School (’76), Fontbonne College (’80), worked for St. Louis Union Trust. Sue became a licensed real estate agent, an insurance agent, and currently is a broker-specialist. Bill and Sue have four grown children.